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A human rights activist and the Coordinator of the Egalitarian Mission Africa, Kayode Ajulo, has asked the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Director of the State Security Service (SSS) to look into the of inciting messages being made by some individuals.
The lawyer who spoke to journalists Tuesday in Abuja, described the recent statement credited to Dr. Junaid Muhammed in which the fiery public commentator was quoted to have threatened that there would be violence should President Goodluck Jonathan insist on running for presidency in 2015, as worrisome.
Muhammed was quoted to have said “…That blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.
However, Ajulo said if after seven days, the security agencies fail to take necessary action against Muhammed, he will be left with no choice but to take action through the law courts aimed at putting a stop to such utterances undermining our peaceful co-existence.
"I, as a law abiding citizen and one who has great hope for the future of this great nation, therefore, use this medium to call on the IG, the Director General of the SSS and other security agencies of government to look into the underlying messages being passed across to insurgents by these individuals particularly the recent one made by Mohammed," he said.
Ajulo said against the background of Nigeria’s foggy security situation where billions of naira and thousands of lives and property are lost in the insurgency of Boko Haram among others, any call for more bloodshed come 2015 is nothing but a coded language meant to instigate more violence.
He said security agencies must be alive to their responsibilities and should investigate people who make public threats about violence and bloodshed.
“It is on this note therefore that I make bold to say that in the event that our security agencies refuse or neglect to take necessary action within seven days of this statement I will be left with no choice than to take it upon myself to bring to an end any further action or utterances aimed at undermining our peaceful co-existence through the law courts
"I read with utmost disgust the statement in the media attributed to one Mohammed targeted at a particular set of persons to be ready for war. Mohammed on the issue of Jonathan’s re-election bid come 2015. I must state that it is becoming worrisome that in a democratic set up like ours, some persons can wake up and make utterances that threaten the unity and very existence of our great nation.
"This should be viewed very seriously by our security agencies and we must not be seen to fold our arms to such untamed and unguarded utterances. We must not forget in a hurry the aftermath of the 2011 presidential election when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said the country will become ungovernable if Dr. Goodluck Jonathan wins that election. The dust of that post election mayhem is yet to settle.”
He said a thorough and unbiased perusal of Chapter VI of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) particularly Sections 131, 135 and 137 are to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan is eminently qualified to run for the office of President of Nigeria.
According the activist, the issue of the re-election bid by a sitting president is something that is common in a democratic set up, adding that going through history, hardly can one find a sitting president who did not seek re-election.
"Sir Tafawa Balewa, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and lately President Olusegun Obasanjo all at a point sought for re-election, in fact one went as far as to seek a third term bid. Indeed the only African President that is known not to have sought re-election is Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
"It is my utmost view that should anyone believe he has a genuine cause or can perform better than the present President, the person should test his popularity at the polls.
"It is therefore my humble view that statements threatening war and bloodshed is an affront on the collective intelligence and well being of Nigerians and in sane climes such provocative utterances will not go unpunished or uninvestigated as same can undermine the very existence of our nascent democracy and peaceful coexistence, " he added.